The sin of Christian leaders can wreak havoc in the church. That’s why we must watch our lives closely by intentionally pursuing godliness. In this session, Pastor Colin Smith shares the what, the how, and the when for growing in godliness.
Why is godliness especially important for Christian leaders?
Jerry Bridges says that a fear of God, a love for God, and a desire for God compose godliness. Why is each part essential? Which do you most lack?
1 Timothy 4:12 mentions five practical expressions of godliness (speech, conduct, love, faith, moral purity). Which area do you need to grow in the most, and why?
Read 1 Timothy 3:1–13, the classic text on qualifications for Christian leaders. What does it tell us about the importance of godliness? What does it tell us about the importance of skills? What does being proactive in pursuing godliness look like practically? How can you be more proactive in your pursuit of godliness?
How would you encourage another believer who is discouraged about his or her pursuit of godliness?
Sermon: “Gospel Character” by Pastor Colin Smith. In this sermon, Pastor Colin unpacks the character necessary for a gospel minister as explained in the Qualifications for Elders and Deacons found in 1 Timothy 3:1–15. Listen below or read the transcript.